Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko expressed his unhappiness towards AlphaTauri rookie Yuki Tsunoda after the Japanese driver finished the first half of his rookie season with many errors and unprofessional radio messages.
While Tsunoda showed flashes of pace in his F2 career, Marko criticized the rookie for the string of mistakes on the track, calling for him to think with his head to avoid unnecessary mistakes.
“He’s young, with a lot of Japanese mentality, but he makes mistakes when they are not necessary at all, like in a first training session. But it will be fine. He still has time,” Marko told Speedweek.
“The head is not only there to put on the helmet, but also to think.”
While the Austrian has been critical of Tsunoda, he was full of praise for Pierre Gasly, the other AlphaTauri driver, who is now rumored to be one of the contenders for a Red Bull seat next season.
Neither team has confirmed their line-ups for 2022, with Marko making it clear Gasly is to stay with the Red Bull group at the very least till 2023.
“He [Gasly] is definitely driving his strongest season. And he is extremely important as team leader for AlphaTauri, the team has become a top team in midfield,” Marko added.
“To clarify, we have an optional contract on Gasly’s services until 2023, which we will also use. All other rumors are nonsense.”